Sea Green and Sapphire

A blog about a love of colour, addiction to fabrics and joy of crafting…

Making New Things from Old Jumpers


With all the spinning and dyeing, my crafting activities are getting slower and slower, and it is becoming a rare event that I actually have a finished product to show you. But for once I have been working on something that didn’t take too long to make.

The inspiration came from a sustainability workshop I took part in recently. A part of this workshop was a challenge to make a project with things that you already have at home, without buying anything new. This was an ideal opportunity to finally make something from a pile of old jumpers and cardigans that I have been storing for a while.

Here’s what I did.


The green jumper was too small to make a decent cushion out of it, so I unravelled it into yarn that I can use to knit something else. I felted the cardigans by washing them in the washing machine at 60 degrees cotton cycle. The white cardigan had a nice texture so needed no further embellishments, but I decided to embroider the light brown cardigan with some naturally dyed yarns from my stash.


Cardigans turned out to be ideal for making cushions because you can use the button panels at the front of the cardigan to make an opening at the back of the cushion. My cardigans had pockets at the front, which I was too lazy to try to remove, so my cushion covers now have pockets at the back too. Now I just have to make a small cushion for the brown cushion cover.

The cardigan button panels made a handy opening for the back of the cushion covers

I really enjoyed making something so quick and easy – it was fun having some instant (well relatively speaking) results for change!


Author: Heidi

I love colour wherever I find it, in art, photography, gardens, nature. I also love all kinds of fiber arts; spinning, dyeing, knitting, felting, sewing.

5 thoughts on “Making New Things from Old Jumpers

  1. I’ve been trying to make a bag from a cardigan, not super happy with it yet though because I ruined the buttons in the felting process, as well as getting a skewed fabric, and I didn’t notice how badly until I was done sewing the shoulder strap onto it. Love your cushions, especially the white cabled one!

  2. So creative! I love it. They turned out great.

  3. The lovely big cabled cushion looks as if you’d bought it in a very posh shop for £95 :-)) I like the embellished one best, though! Very funky.

  4. Thank you all for your kind comments 🙂

  5. These do look nice, and it is good to put things you no longer use back into use, giving them a new lease of life!

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